Part of the beauty of our innovative Concreate wall panels is their flexibility to work across a myriad of applications, from feature walls and shelves to bath panels and fire place surrounds.
When Naomi Carroll visited Grand Designs Live and was introduced to the new type of concrete panel she knew it had a place in the new kitchen her and husband Nathan had been painstakingly planning for their home in Abergavenny, in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales.
“We had wanted something a little different; the design concept behind our kitchen was an industrial, modern, yet homely space, with lots of raw materials to add interest.”
“We were keen to introduce concrete within the design but had yet to pinpoint how this might work. When I met with Concreate at Grand Designs I realised this product would be perfect as an alternative to tiles for our kitchen splash back walls.”
Concreate’s prefinished, polished concrete wall and ceiling panels are suitable for gluing to new construction or existing walls and ceilings to give instant architectural features. The attractive “real” polished concrete finish is honed to show the irregularities and character of polished off-form concrete. And at just 4mm thick and weighing less than 7 kilograms per square metre they are easy to work with and install.
Naomi wanted a very natural concrete finish and eventually chose Concreate wall panels in Natural Grey.
“We are so pleased with the finished look. The panels have given the industrial modern edge we desired but are still quite soft and understated, not too overpowering. They sit really well alongside the work tops which were made from very old church pews, and also against the black of the cupboards. We are so glad we didn’t go for the metro tile option, thoroughly pleased with our choice.”
Naomi went on to purchase the panels from Kustom Floors in Bristol. “The service was fantastic, really friendly and helpful staff, they didn’t hesitate to find out any extra information needed and called straight back to answer any questions we had.”
“On a practical front the panels are very easy to wipe down. This was something I was concerned about prior to ordering as they look almost porous. As a test I squirted tomato ketchup onto a sample and let it sit there to see if it would stain. It wiped off in one go.”
“We have ended up with a stunning finish on the walls that was also cost effective, easy to install and is simple to keep clean. Absolutely delighted and we recommend Concreate to everyone who visits.”
The kitchen was made by carpenter Joe Bailey, and the Concreate panels were fitted by Matt Phillips from Ceramfix Wall and Flooring specialists, both based in South Wales. The Concreate wall panels were supplied by Kuston Floors in Bristol.